It really is often not the student's fault when they're acting out. Crazy behavior in the classroom can so easily mirror crazy circumstances at home.
More often than not, teachers learn this lesson the hard way: through parent teacher conferences, phone calls, or other events in which they are unprepared to meet the source of crazy, erratic, or disrespectful behavior.
50. Training For Klepto CollegeGiphy
Elementary teacher here. We had a student who wouldn't stop stealing things out of other kids backpacks. We had caught him on camera and would call the parents and they would just say "no, that's his insert stolen item, we just bought it for him." Then, we get him on a positive behavior plan and create intentional lessons about empathy to others, setting goals to get what you want, the difference between wants/needs etc.
Eventually, he gets enough positive days in a row that he gets released from the behavior plan and receives a free bike as his incentive for good behavior (they were donated to the school by a local bike shop). The next day he tells me his uncle stole it and pawned it. He went right back to his old behaviors and it was heartbreaking.
49. That's No Parking Space
I had a student last year who was new to the school. Really nice, friendly, shy and hilariously absent minded. He would come to school at least 2 days a week with either his shirt on backwards, inside out or both.
So I wanted to talk to his parents about how his absent mindedness was affecting his learning. Mom shows up at 5. Dad shows up 1hr late. We have a good chat and they get up to go. As I'm walking them out I said I will show you the shortest way to the parking lot.
The dad replies with I didn't park in the parking lot so I said "You can go the same way to the street." He said "I couldn't find the parking entrance so I just drove around and parked on asphalt play area." Sure enough I walk by and his car is next to the play ground.
So it all came together after that.
48. When It Crosses The Line Of Sad
This one's sad. I was a camp counselor and I had a girl in my cabin with issues. She was attention seeking, kind of a mean girl, and generally wasn't liked by a lot of the camp. I honestly didn't give her a lot of 1 on 1 attention, which is something I deeply regret in retrospect. I only understood the issue because I was bus staff. This was a sleepover camp.
Her session was 2 weeks and her parents had elected for her to take the bus back and they'd pick her up. The bus was early but plenty of parents showed up early they were so excited to see their kids. As we got closer to pickup time, the crowd dwindled until there were just a few left.
A staff member asked for the kids still there so they could make phone calls. All but one were in traffic and on their way.
My camper's parents said no. They said they had two more days of freedom, they wouldn't take her, and said we needed to put up with her for a couple more days. They each said this individually and hung up. Neither responded to follow-up calls. Staff told me to go home and they were left to figure that one out. My parents always hated me, but this was shocking to me. That someone's parents would absolutely refuse to let their 12-year-old into their house.
47. Mirror Mirror
High school teacher, and we have something called Soft Lockdowns (known as Shelter in Place by some schools) where doors are shut and locked but classes continue as normal. These are pretty common and can be used for anything from a medical emergency (want everyone out of the hallway if someone needs to be cared for, because high schoolers are nosy) to a fugitive running around the neighborhood.
We've been in many soft lockdowns because parents have come to the school ready to hunt down and beat the crap out of a teacher. They usually come in the front office (can't access the rest of the school without someone opening the secured door) screaming, cussing, threatening everyone in the area, you get the picture. Often, they're removed by the SRO and given a criminal trespass citation.
We have a pretty high rate of fights and violence between students. When I see parents acting this way, it all make sense.
46. Wicked Smaht
A bit different because this is a positive story!
I'm not a teacher but I TA'd for a freshman chemistry class last year, so college kids but ones that were in high school like three or four months previously. One kid in my section was amazing: scary smart, always got great marks on assignments, asked fantastically phrased questions that the professor loved to answer, was a joy to be around during the lab section because he was so easy to be friendly with; he clearly loved and excelled at the work and enjoyed being in the environment, which definitely extended to the rest of his lab group (they were consistently the most talkative but also got the highest marks on assignments).
About halfway through the semester we introduce a concept that he struggled with a bit so he came to a few tutoring sessions and he was a joy to help 1 on 1. Our third tutoring session was in the campus Starbucks and went late so he had to get his dad to pick him up because his ride to campus that day had already left. His dad came a bit early so he ordered a drink and sat down with us for a bit and I immediately understood where this kid got everything from.
His dad was wicked smart (asked relevant questions in a way that made me think about the material in serious depth, same way that his son did), cracked a couple of dad jokes that made me laugh, and was beyond easy to talk to, to the point where we had stayed an extra 30 minutes beyond what we were supposed to, swapping between going over the material and cutting up. Just a joy to be around from day 1 until the day of the final and the apple clearly didn't fall far from the tree.
I had a student many years ago, call him M. He was a sweetheart in the classroom, never answered back, did as he was told, engaged and interesting. But, outside of class, he wasn't allowed to be around other students, escorted class to class, because he would start a fight EVERY time, and i mean that. I could not wrap my head around it, until Parents Evening.
His Dad was a hulk of a man, mother was sadly deceased. He was clearly abusive. He kept his hand on the back of M's neck, leading him around like that. M looked like he was going to his own execution. Was told later that authorities were involved, but M lashes out all the time because it was the only time he felt he had some control. Would never talk back to an adult because he was just scared of us all. He didn't make it the year before he disappeared, but I still think about him.
44. The Lies, Margaret, The Lies
I had a student who repeatedly lied about assignments, saying he'd turned them in and his teachers had lost them. As a team with admin present, we conferenced with mom and dad, who deflected and provided excuses that he just "doesn't like school," and, "if my son says he did something, he did it. We value integrity in our family." Three months later some friends of mine invited me to a bar a few towns away to see a band perform. Near the end of the night, I ran into the mom who is out on a date with a man who isn't her husband. From that point on, she wouldn't return any of my emails or calls about the son's behavior. She is now an administrator in another county.
43. No Devils Here, Son
I teach elementary music but I also assist in before school care. There was one boy (3rd grade) who was sitting at a table with several other students. One girl was attempting to engage with the boy and he abruptly stands up, points at the girl, and screams "YOU ARE THE DEVIL". Obviously at this age there needs to be intervention because you can't talk to other in that fashion or with that language. We always try and talk through emotions rather than explode.
Call the mom and explain the situation. The moms first and only response is "Well, if he called her the devil, she probably is the devil"
Pretty clearly can tell where that behavior comes from.
Not me, but a friend of mine is a professor at a Christian college. They had a student who wanted to do a topic about how "being gay is a sinful choice" and the only source they listed was their dad. When the teacher said that their assignment needs to be something that has academic backing, the student responded by claiming that their dad is an expert on the "choice of gayness".
41. I See MyselfGiphy
Not a teacher, but am a parent. The story I always think of when I see a question like this is when I had a routine pre report card conference with my son's first grade teacher. She was telling me about how he didn't take some of his school work seriously and sometimes didn't finish it.
As an example, she took out a handwritten book that he had written about penguins as an assignment. It started out nice, with legit penguin facts, and then after the first ten pages, it became a bit silly and then ended abruptly with: "A penguin has never seen a leprechaun."
I started laughing; I couldn't help it. I was doubled over gasping for air, crying from laughing so hard. The teacher obviously didn't think it was funny, and seemed surprised that I was cracking up, but she politely conceded that "maybe it was a little funny." I'm 100% sure that she thought to herself, "ugh that's where he gets it."
40. She Probably Don't
I called home because a kid was coming to school inappropriately dressed every day. I'm not playing the "girls's bodies are distracting" card, I'm worried because the kid is dressed like she's about to work a corner. Of course I don't put it that way to mom, I just mention the kid is violating the school dress code and start to explain how when I'm interrupted with " You just jealous cause you don't look as good as she do "
39. This Is What We Call "Awful"
I had these two teenage girls in my class who were best friends, but they started acting really strange around each other. A couple days into this weird behavior I heard a loud commotion outside my classroom. Both of the girls' fathers were having a fist fight right outside my room, and the girls were screaming like banshees. I found out later that one of the girl's dad had been banging the friend and she spilled the beans.
38. When It's ALL GeneticGiphy
Had a kid in 3rd grade who could not focus. All over the place. ADHD for sure, though it's not my job to diagnose. Mom came in for report card. I couldn't get the mom to focus. Every time I'd start talking about something ("So, here are your son's reading grades... Here's how he did in comprehen..." "How about math? How's he doing in math?" I'd try to redirect her, but she'd interrupt me to go onto something else. After a while I thought whatever, handed her the report card, and told her to contact me with any questions.
37. Bully Bully
Not a teacher, but I had a kid in class, we were about 10 y\o, and he was a bully, hitting people and stuff. The teachers and the principal were being soft with him, trying to make him correct his ways. At the end of the year we had an activity where the principal talked in front of the whole school. The father of the said kid just came up, head-butted the principal, and sent her straight to the hospital.
36. No Punishment
It would have to be the mother who was a teacher herself, though not at my school. I got a rough draft from a student (who was 16/17) that was 90% copied directly from Wikipedia, hyperlinks and all. I called the mom and explained he would be receiving a zero for the rough draft assignment as a result of plagiarism. She called a conference to defend it because I never explicitly said they couldn't copy and that he should get another chance because it was a rough draft. Never mind the Honor Code each student signs at the beginning of the school year that explicitly laid out plagiarism and the standard consequence of a zero, I guess.
35. The Best Of The Best
Ive only seen one positive one so let me add another. I teach high school art, and I had one student who wasn't technically advanced but always was smiling and trying his hardest. He was always cracking jokes to his friends, to the point of where his friends would sometimes be annoyed cause they were the corny kind of jokes. But I was always laughing and he never gave up and keep smiling.
For the end of the year, if the kids took home all the artwork and took photos of their parents looking at their work and showed me the photos, they got extra credit. So he brought in photos of his parents looks at his work and oh my god they were hilarious! His mom and dad looking shocked and amazed in one, put on serious faces and hats and looking sternly at his self-portrait, ridiculous gasps and expressions, the whole nine yards. I laughed so hard! It made so much sense that such a fun loving kid had parents like that, that were willing to joke around for his extra credit.
34. Nasty Names.
I had a preschooler call his mother a nasty name. This would be upsetting except the day before; she said it quiet enough that other children or people wouldn't hear, but my coworker swore she heard her say it.
We have our scheduled conference and she doesn't understand why he says such nasty things to her. LeMechantLoup23
33. Drop Everything!Giphy
I once had a student who thought I should drop whatever I was doing and help him immediately any time he asked a question. One time, I was working with another student and this kid yells across the room that he needed help. I told him I would help him when I was done and to please raise his hand next time.
Apparently, this set the kid off because he went on a loud tirade about how I was racist for not helping him. Never mind the fact that the student I was helping, who he wanted me to abandon, was the same color as him. I ended up kicking him out of class after he went on and on about it for awhile, which he said only confirmed my racism.
Everyone else in the room just kind of stared at him as he left. He got suspended from my class for a couple days, which meant I needed to inform his family.
I never actually spoke to his mother, because his aunt was listed as a contact about any incidents. Turns out he and his mother were living with the aunt at the time. But the aunt explained to me that he had learned this behavior from his mother, who demonstrated this behavior any time she felt she was wronged.
The aunt said she was trying to fix her nephew's attitude and promised me that it didn't matter if her sister thought it was fine to teach her son to act that way, because it wasn't going to happen again while they lived in her house. And you know? She was successful. The kid never pulled that crap again, at least not in my classroom. ThreadWitch
32. Last Straw Mom.
The mother who was screaming in the office "I'm gonna hit you in your face" because a tutor dared to say the kid was having behavior issues during free tutoring.
Now I know why the 5 of your 11 kids in our school are terrible hot messes. Poor things don't have much of a change.
Mom was banned from the building because this was the last straw. OhioMegi
My partner used to be a high school teacher, and he always tells me the story of how one time one of the kids dad's showed up at the school with a sledgehammer because he gave their son a detention. If I recall the detention was for fighting too. ApatheticPumpkin
30. The Truth Hurts.Giphy
I got a phone call from a parent basically saying that a few other children had beaten up their child, so the following day we take aside that child, then all the other children (in the end turns out there were 9 other children involved) and it turns out to be the complete truth.
The children had been arguing about a video game (they're 10) and this one child had a different opinion to the others, so they push him to the ground and while he's curled up on the floor, they start kicking him.
My Head teacher contacts the parents of the children involved to let them know and explain the punishment.
Fast forward to the next day when one of the parents comes into school and starts shouting at their child in front of his whole class and teacher, asking him why "the heck" he admitted to doing it, what was the matter with him and how he was stupid for doing so, before taking him and his two siblings out of the school. This child was one of the ones who admitted straight away to doing it and had burst straight into tears and was clearly feeling guilty. costarcoffee
29. Poor Sap.
Early in my career I was the poor sap that got roped into doing home visits to work with parents that couldn't meet in school. 6th grade child with extreme behavioral disturbances. Would make moaning sounds in class to upset other students, told one of my colleagues he'd 'slap the black out of her.'
I pull up to the apartment complex and start looking for the right unit. I'm sudden distracted by very obscene, very loud moaning above me.
Child's mother and not the father were very naked, having sex out on their deck, standing to the open rest of the apartment complex. Dad was listed to live at that same address. I decide I want absolutely nothing to do with this situation, and as I'm putting in reverse, a utility truck flies in behind me and parks across two spaces. Guy gets out and yells up at the woman, "I told you I'd beat him if you din' stop."
Starts throwing screwdrivers and wrenches up at them.
I noped out of there so fast. Afterwards I had much more empathy for the kid - he grew up in an atmosphere so unbelievably screwed I had never conceived it could actually exist. DigitalPriest
28. Too Lazy.
Obligatory not a teacher, but I worked as a camp counselor. We had an 8 year old who managed to poop his pants about 4 times in 2 months. We'd tell the mother, who just waved it off saying that he was just "too lazy" to go to the bathroom and that he always did that. Regular 8 year olds do not routinely poop their pants but okay Karen. galacticbeee
27. A Family Issue.
A student got into a fight. That student called her mom, and the mom showed up with younger siblings. The mom got physical with administration. One of the younger siblings was talking crap as that happened.
Edit : I believe the mom had a toddler on her hip as she walked in the building, and she and to set that kid down before she got stupid. I only heard the sounds of this melee from my classroom. I unfortunately (or fortunately?) didn't get to watch this elegant drama unfold. My information is second hand.
Also, the funniest thing I've seen is one girl take another girl's pizza and then slap her in the face with it. That was of course a middle school. My first story took place in a high school. sourwyrm
26. The Pokemon Trap.
Not a teacher but a parent. My son asked if a friend could come over for a sleep over. No big deal, the name he gave was a friend of his I liked and a good kid. Come the night, its a different kid with the same name. Kids mom (whom I had never met) just says "are we doing this or what"? But heck with it, I had already committed and the kids seem thrilled about it. This was back when the Pokemon card game was huge with the school kids and they stayed up late playing and having a blast.
Although the other kid was a poor loser and argued a lot. In the morning the mom picks the kid up and pretty much acted like it was a huge imposition for her to have to pick him up at all.
Later that day, my son is going his binder of Pokemon cards and finds his shiny Charizard is missing. Which if you know the game, was pretty rare and the pride of his collection.
I call the mom and asked if, by chance, it had gotten mixed up with her sons cards. She flipped out, cursed like a sailor and threatened to call the cops on me for "falsely accusing" her son.
TL;DR Kid steals my son's shiny Charizard card and his mom threatens to call the cops on me. Liar_tuck
25. Ranting Tutor
I'm not a teacher but when I was in high school my from tutor was ranting about one child's mum. it was the final year and exams where approaching, this one lad would come to school but sleep the entire day and never do any Work, like literally non and would often fall asleep. He was asked why he was so tiered and obviously the kid just replied dunno.
After some digging they found out his routine was home from school, 2 hr nap, play call of duty all through the night and then have a bath before coming to school. His mum was called in and told what was going on and that her son was going to fail everything. Her response? "Well what do you want me to do about it" in a tone that suggested well your the teacher so it's not my problem. Poor lad slept through the handful of exams he turned up to. Boggo1895
24. The French Teacher.Giphy
I was a French teacher. Kid was in LEVEL 1 French. Clearly he put his assignment through a translator. I confronted him, he admitted it, so I gave him a 0 F. His family lost their minds. They claimed I was calling him stupid. Long story short... principal let him redo the assignment. SouthernGirl2016
23. I Swear.
Definitely not a teacher, but this is relevant, I swear.
After I graduated high school I heard that one of the best teacher I ever had ended up quitting. He was absolutely fantastic and just a very genuine human being; everyone loved him even if they hated the class. Well, the class behind me absolutely broke him.
I remember being a senior and watching the man become a hollow shell. At the end of that year, he ended up failing a girl because she never did her work, never tried, just kind of screwed off even with extensions and help, and constantly gave him crap. When the mom came to talk to him, she went OFF. Accused him being prejudice, doing it because he just didn't like her daughter, blah, blah, blah. She ends up suing both him AND the school and he quits. sure_okay99
22. Poor Lad.
Not a teacher but a lad I knew in school was a dealer. His mother worked in the police force so if she ever caught him she'd be obliged to report it as she could lose her job if she didn't.
Cut to a parents evening in Year 11 (15/16 years old) and he sits down with the teacher sat to our side to have his meeting while I'm having mine. After a small while I phase out and I chime in on hearing the teacher say he's not doing well and failing his classes.
This is towards the ends so as they end the meeting the mother shouts "I wish you weren't my son... you're the biggest failure... I hate you... you were the biggest mistake I have ever made"
Now not to judge home life, he was a little crap but he was not a nasty guy. I just don't know how a mother could talk to their son like that especially in front of his peers and other adults. drlemongrass
Middle school teacher. Students had attended a trampoline park as a field trip to award good attendance. While there, one student had stolen a rubber bracelet. Not a big deal but still stole it, nonetheless so the principal contacted the father.
The father called back and left a voicemail basically accusing the principal and the rest of the staff of thievery as well saying "How many pens do you walk out of that school with? How many pens purchases by the school do you walk out with everyday? My tax money!"
(Anyone who is a teacher sees how funny this is because, of course, we're providing our own pens!) 6roumyeskl
20. The Biggest Fool.
Not a teacher but one of the kids at my high school was the world's biggest fool. He would find something wrong with everyone and bully them about it until he found another thing wrong with them. He picked on me because I had muscley arms (I'm a girl) and that I'll never be in a happy relationship because I look so disgusting. I've had enough of his bull so I went to a teacher and told them.
Skip forward a couple of days me and a bunch of other kids he bullied were called into the office to tell our stories. He was there too and when the teacher gave him his consequence he said 'you can't punish me I'm gay.' He's been using this excuse since he came out in 2014. In no way am I homophobic but he just uses the 'I'm gay' card anytime he gets in trouble. He still gets in trouble and he has a meltdown and calls his mum saying the schools homophobic.
Mum comes in and punches the principle so hard she loses a tooth and gets a black eye and hurled abuse at her. Police are called and she isn't allowed back on school grounds unless it's a school event. I still wonder where he got his temper from 🤔. imabetamalewatchout
19. The Talented.
but i have this classmate who really likes to flaunt and is infamous for being one of the most annoying, arrogant people in world, although she does get the top grades. when she went to an international competition she won several medals and even a champion award (out of probably 1000+ top students who represent top schools) and her mom said to the other students "why are y'all so stupid, why can't you be as talented as my daughter?"
i wasn't there personally cuz I'm not smart but when the other students who were representing our school in this competition heard her say that, it was like such a moment of clarity cuz like WOW THAT'S WHERE SHE GOT HER ARROGANCE FROM!! itlva
18. Stop Yelling that Word!Giphy
A Caucasian student yelled the N word in the middle of class so following protocol, I contacted the parents. This was maybe 10 minutes before my contracted day was over (I was asking admin for help, getting numbers, etc) and when I informed the parent, the dad blew his lid and yelled that he was coming to the school right then and there because the school was messed up and was picking on his kid, etc.
I locked my doors, closed all the blinds and camped out in the counselors office until the office secretary gave me a clear sign to leave.
(Context: I was a long term sub. The original teacher have had run ins with this dad where he came into the classroom and yelled at her. I'm 5'5 and he's about 6'2 and twice my size. I didn't want to be intimidated by him physically so I left). jennylikessushi
17. The Croatia Story.
Not a teacher but i have a great Croatian teacher that would tell us stories of problematic students all the time. This is the one that is connected to the theme. Our teacher had a problematic student like any other. He thought was a trouble maker etc. One day she called his parent there and what she describes was a short tanned man with tattoos a jacket and sunglasses came trough the door. Now this isn't the oh crap part just yet. The real stuff begins when she noticed that he had a grenade on him (those are illegal in Croatia) and she had to keep calm during the whole conversation. I cant imagine the amount of stress. Edit: By short i mean dwarf. The_duck_lord404
16. Starts at Home.
Every problem kid I've had has had issues at home. I'm sure there are kids out there where this isn't the case, but anecdotally, I'm at 100%.
Kids that are rude and disrespectful have rude and disrespectful parents. Apathetic kids have apathetic parents. Violent kids have violent parents. I've only been teaching for 6 years, but I've left every disciplinary meeting wanting nothing more than to smack a parent and hug their kid... Luckily I'm in a great area and it doesn't happen often. Luckily I usually can become a soft place for the kid. Happy_Birthday_2_Me
15. The Out There.
As a teachers aide, I've seen quite a few badly behaved children with even worse parents but this kid was the most 'out-there.' He was consistently late to school, if he ever came, and always left before the end of school, which was his only saving grace for the rest of the class. This kid was 9 and still threw temper tantrums when things didn't go his way.
He was so self entitled and selfish that he had no friends and would constantly bully his classmates into handing over toys and lunch money. He was quite a stocky kid and knew how to throw his weight around to control other kids. But this was nothing, I repeat nothing, compared to his mother. She had multiple restraining orders on teachers and staff at the school as she would verbally and occasionally physically assault them. Her son would spin stories about other children hurting him and teachers being mean and she would lose the plot. She would enter the school whenever she wanted, usually during class time and insist on speaking with teacher, and refusal would mean getting cussed out in front of the kids or even get physical.
She's technically not even allowed on school property but has disregarded this. The police are called every time she comes but cause we're a rural school, it takes about 25 minutes to get there. Otherwise, his (paternal) grandma is pleasant and is fortunately the one who usually picks and drops him off. tahsii
13. A Mess is a Mess....
When I was student teaching, I remarked to my cooperating teacher upon leaving a special-needs student conference, "It seems like most of the problems these kids have are coming from the parents." He laughed ruefully and said, "They're all coming from the parents."
If the kid is a mess, the parents are a mess.
Edit: Yes, of course there are exceptions. Unclench.
12. Hate is Taught.Giphy
This is actually a story from a substitute teacher I have who used to be the principal of a smaller, primarily white school some odd 20 or 30 years ago. So their was a class of around 18 to 19 elementary school kids (3rd or 4th grade I believe), and their was only one little black girl in the class.
A couple of boys picked on her repeatedly and excessively for a while, calling her a little n word (this is an exact quote from what we were told in our 10th grade English class by the sub) until he called the boys into his office, and threatened a 10 day suspension (the most he was aloud to give without consulting the board).
Well one of the little snot nosed brats told his father, who came into the office and asked if the whole "10 day suspension threat" was true. He said yes, and that REALLY pissed this guy off. The kids dad proceeded to say "so you're telling me that if my kid calls that n word an n word than you're going to suspend him?!" And in response he said "yes now get out of my office."
The father threatened to take it up with the superintendent and get him fired, which didn't happen, and he worked their another 10 years before becoming a substitute teacher. The dudes really cool and I wish he would've been my principal. TokenFatDumbOne
11. No Reason.
Yay I can finally contribute! I teach high school.
Had a mom complain that I was failing her daughter for "no reason." (Daughter told mom I'm unfair and don't give her the same grades as other students no matter "how hard she tries" etc).
Lmao. I can count on one hand how often she came to class. When she was in class, she was on her phone. I love telling parents the ugly truth and letting them simmer while I sit there smiling.
"Is there any other clarification you need, Mr./Mrs. _____? No? Well, I guess I'll be seeing ____ in class tomorrow then."
uncomfortable silence intensifies while I continue to smile at parent
I also have plenty of parents who are incredibly supportive and I love you guys for being amazing parents❤️❤️❤️ thanks for making my job a little easier. finallynotlurking8
10. Damn Parents.
Honestly parents are usually worse than students simply because they should know better. The worse ones are the parents who think their kids are automatically entitled to something just because they attend the school.
It can be a downer sometimes when you realize over half these kids come from some sort of broken home or that some of those parents should have never had kids.
A few months ago, right before the end of the school year, we had a big fight where a few moms actually came on campus encouraging their kids to fight and then joining in themselves. ObiMemeKenobi
9. Making Progress.
Not a teacher, but I work for a tutoring company. One kid I'm working with is struggling to complete assignments, doesn't seem to care at all about school despite being brilliant. I work with him for weeks and we're finally seeing improvement. His attitude is still garbage, but he's willing to work.
Then, his mom takes him out of HIGH SCHOOL for a week for a vacation. And I realize all of a sudden that despite her lip service to how important school is, she doesn't actually get it. And her son picked up on her attitude.
He lost almost three months worth of progress in one week. I had no idea how to call her out on how bad of an example she was setting with that vacation. thewhimsicalbard
8. The Troubled Youth.
A friend of mine teaches in a youth prison. She says the best part of the job is not having to deal with parents. designgoddess
7. Indecent Offers.Giphy
I was teaching a freshman Economics course at my University and had a girl who showed up to maybe 3 classes that semester, at the end of the semester she came up to me and begged asking if there was ANYTHING she could do to pass the class, I gave her an extra credit packet and told her to get the while thing done by next week and we can talk.. well she did nothing and failed the class. I get a call from her mother asking why her daughter failed my class and if there was ANYTHING she could do, I told her it was to late now and I had given her daughter a way to fix the issue.
Not a week later I get a call from her father telling me I'm a smart man and how much would it take to have the grade "fixed." I have to report stuff like bribery as it's against the ethics code so when I told that story to the department head he looked at me and asked "why didn't you report the sexual advances from the student and mother" I looked at him blankly like what are you talking about. That's when it dawned on me, when they said ANYTHING they didn't mean more work. Palidd
6. Grades are Unfair?!
Taught middle school in a rural small town. Had one kid who was very nice, but lackadaisical and had Ds in most of his classes. His mom was a secretary at the district office and I, along with every other teacher, had contacted her multiple times about his behavior in class and lack of effort.
I was a first year teacher and we had a parent conference with him and the mom towards the end of the year as he was at risk for not participating in promotion. She talked down to each of us and acted as if we had not given her warning.
Before I can get a word out, she points her finger at me and yells, "And I don't even want to TALK to you about his grade in your class! I disagree with your unfair grading policy" (I give 50% off late work... more than any of my coworkers give).
Sure enough, he fails and doesn't participate in the ceremony. His punishment from his mom? Going on a weeklong trip to Disneyland before school gets out. jvnova
5. Mum the lawyer.
Had a 5 year old in the classroom next to mine who would slam kids hands in doors, stomp on their feet. Just violent to any other kid for no reason.
His mum (a lawyer) requested he be moved to a different room because it was clearly the teachers fault. It continued in his new class. Still the teachers fault.
At the end of the year he moved to a new school. The new school ended up having to get a Crisis Intervention team because of his behavior. But it was still never his fault. Whiasco
4. Everyone is a Moron!
My mother in law is one of those parents and I hate my stepson being around her for long periods because of it. She's the type of woman to constantly place blame elsewhere on whatever the kid did (never his fault or it's fine) until she's on the receiving end of it and then he has a problem. It's constantly everyone else's fault in her life and everyone is morons and she didn't do a damn thing wrong. She was that mom who would yell at teachers and principals. Reddit
3. Middle School is Rough.
Middle school science teacher. Confiscated a boy's phone for sexting a girl in class. We had a policy that the parents had to come to the school and retrieve the phone from the administration. Instead the father showed up in my classroom and threatened to kick my butt if I didn't give him the phone back. The school went on lock down and he was arrested. He got a month in jail for his idiocy. tseremed
2. Summer Camp Issues.Giphy
Teaching summer camp now. My group this week is the most disordered group of kids I have ever had. Like these kids cannot keep it together for a single minute straight. One day we had an alternate pick up location and not one single parent could figure it out. Not one. I get why their kids are so incapable of basic functions now. BigFatBlackCat
I am a secondary school teacher in a pretty deprived area. I was really struggling with my year 7 (11-12 year olds) as it contained some pretty challenging kids. I was trying to focus on rewarding positive behavior so I told the class and anyone who was well behaved over both lessons that day would get a positive phone call home. I wanted to target this towards the worse behaved members of the class, particularly one kid who we shall name 'Steven'.
Steven had absolutely no concept of manners, he would constantly complain about being in lessons and having to do work, he would chat and walk around the room whenever he wanted. On this day however, he seemed excited about getting a positive phone call home rather than a negative one so his behavior dramatically improved. Throughout the day he kept asking if I had called her yet and telling me when would be best to call; he was genuinely looking forward to it. I called his mum and there was no answer so I left a message.
On Monday I asked him if his mum had got my message and Steven said that he didn't know. This absolutely broke my heart because it seems very likely that she did get it and just didn't mention it to Steven. The praise he was so excited to get when he got home never came. Why would a kid care about their education if their own mother doesn't appear to give a crap? sneakykeen123
If you don't have any experience with construction, it can be pretty interesting to watch those reality HGTV shows (I know I'm addicted at this point). Some of the best episodes can be the one's where they open up the walls to find the builder didn't do anything right, causing a huge blow to the budget. The drama!
As someone who doesn't know much about building, and is dreaming of homeownership, Redditor Vast_Recognition_682 asked a question I wish I had thought of first.
Redditor Vast_Recognition_682 asked:
"Home inspectors of reddit, what are some horrible things that almost went unnoticed?"
Here's some horror stories that shed a little light on the home owner unknowns.
Behind the closet wall.
"Going through a home with [the] home inspector, didn't find any issues, bring my dad in to look through the house too and he was [incessantly] checking everything. Looks at the Zillow listing with the floor plan, measures the basement, finds out the actual measurements smaller than the floor plan which led us to go looking in a closet and realize they finished a wall and closet around the old oil tank, never decommissioned it, never planned to tell anyone about it, and we would have had to rip walls out to get to it to remove it. It was a non starter and we walked away. So happy to have my dad's sharp eye while home shopping."
If you need a good prank idea when you're renovating, here's one:
"I saw a post once, this guy said his dad's house had a diagonal outer wall and he was installing a combination wall and bookshelf to square the room. Since there was a small dead space on one side, the dad (who was a doctor), got a life-size plastic human skeleton from work and tossed it in there."
"So if someone tore the wall out to remodel in 30 years or whatever, they'd see it and freak out."
Man cave mayhem.
"Not a home inspector, but I did ask our home inspector what crazy stuff he had seen over the years. He had two stories."
"He inspected a modest three bedroom house and found that were very strange structural cracks in the walls. The area where the house was built is primarily clay soil which leads to a lot of foundation issues, but these were really abnormal cracks. He headed to the attic to wrap up his inspection; it was located over the garage so there was absolutely no structural support there. He poked his head up into the attic and couldn't believe his eyes: the owner had a fully furnished man cave in the attic over the garage. It had a couch, big screen tv, weight set, and a huge gun safe. He said he had no idea how in the world all of that stuff didn't come crashing down through the garage ceiling or how the guy had managed to get the giant gun safe up there without some sort of elaborate winch system. He said it was only a matter of time before the house collapsed."
"The only other weird thing he encountered was a cistern (an old well) in a crawlspace underneath a house. He said he was crawling along on his stomach when he almost fell into it; it was left uncovered."
A rats nest of wires.
"I'm sure there will be some stories about wiring above drop ceilings. When I was looking at houses, I saw (not the home inspector) one once where like 10 different wires came into one rats nest of a cluster. To make it even better, there was a regular lamp cord that ran from it to power the hanging kitchen light above the table. And if you want whip cream and sprinkles on that.... the power came into that mess through knob and tube."
"I am an apprentice electrician and this comment just made my soul cry."
"I found an uncapped steel conduit with live wires behind my sink while remodeling. There wasn't even a cap on the wires."
"While ripping out our old kitchen we cut the old crappy countertop with a sawzaw, to our surprise saw a spark and blew a breaker. some mother f**kers who previously renovated this kitchen ran the wiring for a new outlet on the wall around the studs in a crevice in the back of the countertop...."
"My family flipped a house a few years ago. There were four ceilings, each a couple inches lower than the one before, and all but one had old wiring in it. It was like cutting into a weird lasagna, trying to find the studs in that house."
"Grandma was shrinking with old age, but her kids didn't want her to realize."
"Not me, but one I spoke to. Place almost passed, until out the corner of his eye... bam... jack stand holding up a beam under the house."
"Same with a house daughter was interested in. The place was a flip and totally redone. Beautiful. And down in the basement was a brick holding up a big beam."
This inspector had a full list.
1. "Furnace exhaust flue inlet at the attic furnace disconnected and a dead bird below it. Would have dumped all the furnace exhaust straight into the attic area. Obvious safety implication."
2. "Long time vacant house in a very secluded area. Reeked of cat p*ss and burnt plastic. No cats or cat feces in sight and no entry point for cats. Found small balloon in the corner of the floor where the fridge would be. Picked it up (with gloves) and white powder came spilling out. We came to the conclusion there was possibly the presence of methamphetamine in the home at some point and in some fashion."
3. "5 year old house, nice neighborhood, great shape, vacant. Everything looked good visually. In the attic, just after it had started raining heavily, a slight but constant drip was noticed from the roof sheathing in one area. Got lucky on that one. Sunny day, there would have been no evidence of any issue whatsoever."
4. "Homeowner DIY replaced the microwave and thought it would be 'clever' to run the exhaust vent into the wall cavity between the kitchen and adjacent laundry room. Just dumped the moisture into the wall. Mold city after a while if you do a lot of cooking while using the exhaust fan."
5. "60s house, well renovated. Range was a gas/electric dual fuel setup. Noticed broiler took forever to even start to warm up and never got hot enough that I couldn't touch it real quick (they usually glow red after like 30 seconds). Found out the range was plugged into a 110v outlet (enough to power the control panel and light) and not the proper 220v outlet (not even present). Oven was essentially useless. That one also had an incomplete drain line from a bathroom sink dumping everything directly into the crawlspace."
6. "New build. Got into the attic and just a quick 360° scan, something was off. Looking closer found a truss web beam that was completely gone, just ripped out (gusset plates bent to hell). Probably knocked out by the framing crews crane or something and they thought no one would notice. Time is money right? Lol"
They saved the day with this good catch!
"I used to work in a hospital, in IT. We were in a back corner of the oldest building. I used an out of the way stairwell, that had a 4 inch cast iron sprinkler main running through it."
"One day when I was leaving, I noticed a little tiny bit of water on the outside of the pipe. I went back to my desk, called maintenance, and asked them to send someone down so I could show them what I noticed. Walked the guy down to the stairwell and showed him, went on home."
"The next day I get to work and there's a letter on my desk. I open it, and it's from the director of maintenance. Seems that they shut down and depressurized the sprinkler line, and when they went to disconnect the section with the leak, the pipe just crumbled. They figured that my call prevented a major flood in materials management (which backed up to the stairwell on the floor below us) as well as a FD call-out, as the alarm would have gone when the pipe ruptured and water started flowing. The director sent me a very nice thank-you, and referred the situation to the cost-saving committee to see if they could get me a bonus based on preventing an accident."
The internet might just save homeowners on a whole lot of money by taking a closer look during the inspection. Thank goodness for this Ask Reddit post shedding light on the horror stories of homeownership and renovation mishaps.
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Unless you've been a member of the armed forces, you may only know drill sergeants as uncompassionate leaders who yell at privates all the time.
War Face GIF Giphy
"Drill instructors, what is the funniest thing you have seen a Private do?"
The following examples were utterly humiliating, but valuable lessons were learned.
"Had 2 guys get in a fight in our bay during basic. The drill sergeant made them hold hands and pretending to be on a date all week. Only time they could let go of each other's hands was rack time. They ended up becoming pretty good friends."
"Ex British Army officer here."
"A corporal went on a nine week mortar course and was accommodated (obviously) while he was away. It turned out he knew one of the DS teaching the course and was invited, regularly, to dine and drink in the Sergeant's Mess."
"The month after coming back from the course, he brought his payslip to me with a puzzled look on his face and, embarrassed, explained he didn't understand what it meant and could I help him?"
"It emerged that the Sergeant's Mess had a chitty system - you didn't pay for your drinks at the time, but signed for them and the total bill was deducted from your pay."
"This legend had managed to drink more than his monthly salary both months he'd been away and his payslip was a negative balance."
"I'm sorry Smith, I'm afraid you owe the Army £235 ($327.50) this month."
Asking For An Advance
"Former European Anti-Air Trainee here."
"Recruit spent his first check on alcohol and sex workers, asked his commander for next months check in advance the next day. Instead of having a good excuse prepared to actually succeed in that proposal he blankly told him in front of 80 other recruits why he'd need it."
"I saw a guy post about how he was like 6'3 and his DS was like 5'2, so whenever he messed up the DS would go up to him face to chest and yell 'Elevator!' and the guy would bend down to eye level with the DS and say 'Ding!' and the DS would proceed to look him in the eye while he chewed him out."
Some experiences were downright hilarious.
"Not an RDC, but in boot camp I was over the laundry crew. One recruit sh*t himself because he thought he couldn't leave his rack after taps. It was funny at the moment before I realized I had to wash it."
"This was the funniest f'king thing I ever read from u/odomotto"
"Recruit fired all his blank ammo during 'ambush training.' He crawled in ditch opposite where the aggressors were, and started throwing rocks at them. DI came running in middle of the road blowing his whistle and screaming 'what the f'k are you doing?' Recruit screamed back, 'throwing hand grenades drill sergeant!' Without missing a beat, the DI screamed 'out f'king standing.' And walked away."
"My sides hurt and I was wheezing laughing so hard at this when I first heard it!"
These punishments made no sense. And that's why they're memorable.
"When I was in basic, a kid we called 'Albino' shot off a blank round accidentally in the field. The sergeants were pissed and took his weapon away and replaced it with a broomstick for the remainder of the week in the field."
"Man I remember some dude didn't put the sheet on his bunk the right way and had to wear the sheet as a cloak and go to all the other barracks dancing around sing about how he was the 'Catch Edge Fairy' or something. It was pretty silly, he owned it though. He was doing twirls the whole time. This was Navy bootcamp."
Despite how they are depicted on film, drill instructors are people who care.
Like, Beals – a drill sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky – who said:
"We provide more than just physical, mental and emotional guidance for them. You are a father, a preacher, a financial advisor, a counselor-you provide so many different services to the Soldier that the regular public doesn't see on day to day basis."
"They see what they see in movies and what they hear about by word of mouth. But you are fulfilling so many roles other than just being a trainer and teaching an individual how to be a Soldier in the Army."
And occasionally, they are having a laugh at the crazy things their trainees do.
Sometimes, it becomes extremely clear that it's time to leave.
That goes for short term situations like a bizarre social moment, or longer term commitments like work or relationships.
Whatever the context, there is typically a tipping point moment when all the variables appear to suggest things have become unsafe, wildly uncomfortable, or maybe even a tad illegal.
It's those moments when all you can think about is the door.
Redditor Thotus_Maximus asked:
"What was your biggest 'I'm out' moment?"
Many people talked about the times they went to parties that turned out to be very different from what they had in mind.
"Went to a friend of a friend's 35th birthday party. There were like 3 people there when we showed up. Birthday boy says everyone's in the basement. Okay cool."
"We go down to the basement. Someone's DJing, they've got cool lighting, there's like 30 people dancing. After a minute or 2 we realize everyone in the basement is like 13. Nope Nope Nope."
THAT Kinda Party
"Lived in a hotel for a while when I was 18-19. One day a bunch of people I've met at the pool wanted to go up to this dudes room and party. I thought we were gonna drink, smoke, and have a conversation, but that's not how it went."
"While everyone went up there, I had to go back to my room and change clothes. When I finally went to join them, I walked in and saw this dude injecting hard drugs. I sh** you not, this dude turned completely blue and dropped to the ground like a rock. When I saw that, I just dipped."
"He got picked up by an ambulance and survived. When I saw him in the elevator the next day, he seemed like a completely different person. Seein' stuff like that (that wasn't my first time witnessing od's), I think kept me away from the drugs that can kill you easily."
The Great Escape
"I was at a party when I was a teen. Cops turned up. I was stuck upstairs. But there was a balcony and underneath a pool. And beyond the pool a gate leading to an alley."
"So I jumped in the pool."
"But when I resurfaced there were already two cops standing there looking at me."
Other Redditors recalled the times they encountered strangers that did not appear to have their best interest at heart, to say the least.
"Was approached by someone and we talked about how we went to the same college and I showed him some of my art work, he thought it was pretty cool and offered me an opportunity and wanted to talk more later because I was at work at the time."
"I met up with him and his girlfriend and he told about what he mentioned. As I say there listening, it sounded familiar and BAM! It hit me. It was a pyramid scheme, it had nothing to do with art or any job prospects, I told him I wasn't interested many times in the nicest way possible l, but boy did they look pi**ed."
"I got stuck in an airport overnight as my flight was cancelled due to weather and I was starving because all the stores were closed. Some employee offered to show me where to get food so I followed him."
"He then opened a door to outside in the parking lot and motioned outside. I quickly said 'no thanks' and walked away."
And finally, some talked about when it became very clear that their work situation needed to end, like yesterday.
Quotas Reign Supreme
"I got buried by heavy packages while loading a truck for Fedex. It took 3 people to get me out. I was bloody, bruised, and had trouble lifting my arm."
"My manager came over and chastised me for my package count being too low. Walked out immediately."
Leaving Him a Stressful Day
"I worked in a contact centre several years ago. It was super busy and calls didn't stop coming. For some reason, my stupid boss removed everyone else from the queue for some stupid training, leaving me alone to handle all the calls. I messaged him a few times on Microsoft Teams, asking what was happening with no reply."
"After two hours, I shut down my computer and walked out of the company. I just recently withdrawn my last salary, so no regret whatsoever."
Corruption At Its Finest
"I worked for a blood analysis lab machine company for about 6 months. Hated every minute of it because I was working well over 60 hours a week every week. I wouldn't be leaving some hospitals until after 11pm sometimes. The management would never support the techs, the customer is always right, that BS."
"So one week at during the over the phone team meeting, the manager actually asked on of the younger techs to complete paperwork and submit it. Which is normal, but the manager was having him submit the repair paperwork and schedule the repair when they got around to it. He wanted the tech to pencil whip documentation we submit to the FDA so he could a quarterly bonus."
"Managers who's group hits all the pm's, gets a very nice size check. Had the tech done that and the machine failed before it was serviced, somebody could have died and he might have gone to jail. I left that job the next day."
Out With a Bang
"I walked out of a job two hours into a shift and left them without anyone who could do my job."
"As a parting gift, I threw the manual I'd written in the rubbish and didn't bother removing or giving anyone my passwords to stuff so they couldn't do anything."
Years ago I had a classmate who was a total daredevil... so much so that he would often injure himself. He once drove a bike in the direction of oncoming traffic, just for the hell of it. He got out of that episode unscathed––luckily. By contrast, I prefer keeping all my limbs, and still have them all. I wonder where he is now. Hopefully not too banged up. I did do some stuff unwittingly––like the time I stuck a fork into an electrical socket. I thankfully wasn't shocked too much. I was young and naive.
People told us all about the dangerous things they did when they were younger after Redditor Not-an-Ocelot asked the online community,
"What's the most dangerous thing you did as a kid without realizing?"
"My chore was to wash the floors. I would mix all sorts of chemicals together, not realizing they don't mix. Like bleach and ammonia with other cleaning products."
This is very easy to do––and so dangerous! Thankfully you didn't harm yourself.
"I used to walk..."
"I used to walk on a frozen river when walking home from school. I was about 7 at the time."
Seen too many movies about people stuck under the ice.
"We would sneak up..."
"I used to do parkour. We would sneak up onto the rooftops of condo buildings when they were washing their windows (the staircases leading to the top floor would be unlocked). We would then go roof hopping.
Literal roof hopping like in Grand Theft Auto. We would jump from a 12 storey apartment building's roof to an adjacent 10 storey apartment building's roof, etc."
How are your knees? That's bound to do some damage, no?
"I picked up..."
"I picked up a baby copperhead snake and gave it to my mom as a present when I was 6 or 7."
You must have really hated your mom.
"There was a railway crossing..."
"There was a railway crossing on my walk to school, and the train would often be blocking my path so I would always wait until it stopped moving and then climb on top of it and jump off the other side so I could keep walking and not be late."
"Played inside an old broken refrigerator that was outside….not knowing it could have locked or tipped over."
Yes, it could have! Thankfully it didn't. There's a really frightening scene in The Leftovers involving a character who nearly suffocates in a fridge.
No thank you.
"Like most Florida kids..."
"Like most Florida kids I swam where I shouldn't have and I'm very lucky I didn't get eaten by alligators."
"After seeing videos..."
"Playing with fireworks. After seeing videos of kids blowing their fingers and hands off, I would never let my kids play with them, without lots of supervision."
"We are super lucky..."
"Getting on a boat with my then-boyfriend and not telling our parents where we were going. The boat ended up sinking during a storm and we had life jackets and floated on the ice chest. Only reason we are alive is because a ship that was coming in heard us screaming during the storm and called the coast guard. We were out there for a total of 15 hours and had severe hypothermia. We are super lucky to be alive."
This is pretty terrifying.
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
Yes, thankfully, you're alive.
"When I was about..."
"When I was about 9 or 10 a friend and I rode an air mattress down a river. Neither of us knew how to swim and we didn't tell our parents so when we came back cops were looking for us."
Well... these were a read.
If you'll excuse me, I'll stay indoors and wrap myself in bubble wrap. The outside world is scary.
Have some stories of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
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